SENDing a message to government

By Ann McGauran | 05 November 2018

Families are increasingly embroiled in legal battles against councils’ plans to reduce spending on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services. Last week’s judicial review of Hackney LBC’s policies followed a recent High Court challenge of the legality of Surrey CC’s decision to cut more than £21m from its SEND budget.

Rulings are awaited in both cases. But they are not the first legal challenges of this nature. In the summer the High Court found Bristol City Council acted illegally when it was unable to show the correct consultation procedures had been followed before it decided to cut £5m from its SEND services.

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